WATCH: Troy Schools superintendent, public health commissioner discuss masks, COVID

Miami Valley News

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) — Troy City Schools’ Superintendent Chris Piper hosted a Facebook Live chat on Wednesday after a mask requirement went into effect in the district.

The district said it implemented a mask requirement Wednesday for all students and staff when six feet of distancing isn’t possible in an attempt to cut back on COVID-19 spread and quarantines.

“We have two primary goals as a school district: to keep children safe and to educate them,” said the school on its website. “By instituting this mask mandate, we feel it will allow us to more effectively accomplish both of these goals.”

During the Facebook Live discussion, Piper was joined by Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes. 

Piper said the school is providing masks to students who don’t have them. The superintendent also said that students without masks may have to quarantine several times.

“We need our students to wear face masks in school to help reduce the spread of COVID,” said Piper. “And we have to understand that any student who is not wearing a face mask may be subjected to quarantine several times throughout the course of the school year.”

Piper said there were few issues across the district Wednesday of students refusing to wear masks. He also said there is a medical and religious exemption form on their website for mask wearing.

“We have received a number of religious exemptions today. Not a high percentage by any means in any buildings,” said Piper.

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